Flat Mites of the World

Brevipalpus recki


Livshitz and Mitrofanov

Taxonomic history

Tauripalpus recki - Mitrofanov (1973)

Suspected synonyms

Species group characters

B. recki species group = f2 absent; tarsus II with 1 solenidion; dorsal central setae d1, e1 absent; palp 4-segmented with 3 distal setae

This group is in need of revision.


  • opisthosomal setae d1, e1 absent (Fig. 1)
  • opisthosomal setae f2 absent (= 6 setae around opisthosomal margin) (Figs. 1, 2, 6)
  • tarsus II with 1 distinctly long solenidion distally (antiaxial) (Fig. 3)
  • anterior dorsal setae large, broadly lanceolate, heavily barbed (Figs. 1, 2, 4); posterior dorsal setae much smaller
  • prodorsum reticulate with large cells (Fig. 4)
  • anterior projection of prodorsum with pebble-like reticulation (Figs. 4, 10)
  • dorsal opisthosoma mostly reticulate with large cells (Figs. 2, 5, 6, 7); central cuticle between e1-e1 with series of short transverse bands (Figs. 1, 2, 5, 6)
  • ventral plate small, with weakly defined large cells; plate surrounded by characteristic folding in cuticle (Figs. 8, 9) (similar to Cenopalpus)
  • genital plate with large weakly defined cells; cells transversely aligned (Fig. 8)
  • spermatheca not visible
  • palp femur seta thin, tapered, weakly barbed (Fig. 10)
  • palp tarsus with 3 setae

Distribution based on confirmed specimens

Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine

Hosts based on confirmed specimens

Inula vulgaris (Asteraceae), *Quercus pubescens (Fagaceae), Rubus sp. (Rosaceae)

* - holotype


The description presented here is based almost entirely on the original description.


Hatzinikolis (1987); *Livshitz & Mitrofanov (1968); Meyer (1979); Mitrofanov (1973); Mitrofanov & Strunkova (1979)

* - original description

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Fig. 1. Brevipalpus recki female dorsum (after Livshitz & Mitrofanov 1968).

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Fig. 2. Brevipalpus recki female dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Brevipalpus recki female tarsus I (s = solenidion) (after Livshitz & Mitrofanov 1968).

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Fig. 4. Brevipalpus recki female prodorsum.

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Fig. 5. Brevipalpus recki female anterior dorsal opisthosoma.

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Fig. 6. Brevipalpus recki female posterior dorsum (focused centrally).

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Fig. 7. Brevipalpus recki female posterior dorsum (focused laterally).

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Fig. 8. Brevipalpus recki female posterior venter.

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Fig. 9. Brevipalpus recki female venter.

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Fig. 10. Brevipalpus recki female palp - arrow indicates seta on palp femur.